The philosophy of the University of Bath’s rugby programme is to improve the ability of all players – no matter their ability – in order to help them meet their desired rugby goals.

Our team of coaches work closely with specific squads and players to ensure coaching is focused and best suited. Our touch, sevens, league and other rugby teams are coached by a cross-section of our main coaches.

The University’s performance coaching programme includes the help of strength and conditioning coaches and physiotherapy staff who provide support and advice for first and second team players throughout the season in order to maximise performance levels.

Many University of Bath students develop their coaching experience in the rugby programme with the assistance of our full-time coaches. Coaches with any experience can get involved in our coaching set-up, from running freshers’ teams to helping with our performance squads.


  • Aaron James
    Head of Rugby
  • Mark Lilley
    Forwards Head Coach / Bath Rugby Academy Pathway coach
  • Louis Messer
    Backs Head coach / Bath Rugby Academy Pathway coach
  • Chris Lilley
    1st XV and 2nd XV coach
  • Harri Cizmic
    Strength & Conditioning Coach

Not pictured: Jack Howden (men’s 3rd XV coach); Greg Balzell (men’s 4th XV coach); Kim Oliver (women’s coach).

Support staff

  • Adam Kwasnicki
    Lead Physio
  • Katy Williams
  • James Lambdon
    Sports Psychologist
  • Clare Pell
    Rugby coordinator
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